The temporary guidance is now in place through Dec. 31, 2021, and will allow licensees to continue to evaluate whether it is beneficial to their businesses and consumers to continue remote work operations.
The Idaho Department of Finance’s temporary guidance regarding remote work in response to COVID-19 will be in place through the end of the year.
The department will be issuing a memo to all licensees.
The guidance pertains to the ability of individual employees of licensees to work from their own residence without obtaining an Idaho branch license or registration for the location under specific requirements. The original intent of the guidance was to offer licensees the ability to continue business operations remotely while taking precautions to avoid the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to comply with any quarantine requirements, stay-at-home orders and reopening limitations.
“The department recognizes that the continued spread of localized person-to-person cases of the virus is still of concern to many licensees and their employees. As states and municipalities continue to impose, or lessen, restrictions and orders in varying degrees of limitations, licensees may still need to continue remote operations in certain locations. Additionally, the department understands that licensees may want to continue to evaluate whether it is beneficial to their businesses and their consumers to continue utilizing remote operations as part of their business processes,” according to the department’s memo.
Licensees are still expected to meet the requirements of the original guidance and understand and recognize that the guidance is not an amendment to the Idaho Residential Mortgage Practices Act, the Idaho Credit Code or the Idaho Collection Agency Act, according to the memo.
This extended guidance may be modified or withdrawn by the department’s director as conditions change or as otherwise directed by Gov. Brad Little.
Questions regarding this temporary guidance may be directed to [email protected] or (208) 332-8000.
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